20
Aug

Man gets Man U tattoo because his name is already “Mr. Manchester United”

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Quite possibly the nuttiest football fan in the world, “Mr. Manchester United” — yes, that is his actual, legal name — now has United’s club badge tattooed on his forehead.

Our sources say that Mr. Manchester United got the tattoo out of fear nobody knew exactly just how big his love for Manchester United really was….

In all seriousness, the fan did offer an explanation for this to The Sun, and it is hilarious:

'The tattoo's my ID card,' he said. 'People don't look at me in a funny way, they look in admiration.' 'Now, whenever someone asks my name, I point to my forehead and smile. It makes me stand out and proves my loyalty to United,' he added.

Earlier this year, Zdravkov Levidzhov won a 15-year legal battle to change his name to Mr. Manchester United.

Mr. United drew inspiration for his name - and life - change after watching the Red Devils’ victory over Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final… on TV. (He wasn’t even there? Some fan!)

Oh, and his cat’s name is “David Beckham.” Of course it is.

(H/T and Image: The Sun)

4
Aug

German ice hockey team plays “ice football”

Well this looks like a fun, completely safe time.

Ice football? What could possibly go wrong?!

That’s right, German ice hockey team EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams offered their fans something a little bit different during a recent pre-season training session, taking part in a soccer scrimmage — on the ice!

As you can see, the only thing wackier than the light-hearted practice was the punishment for the losers - they had to perform somersaults on the ice.

The pros might make it look easy, but please don’t try this home. We cannot stress that enough.

H/T Metro

4
Jun

Ghanaian witch doctor takes credit for Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury worries

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Cristiano Ronaldo is in danger of missing at least Portugal’s 2014 World Cup opener against Germany due to injury, and Ghana’s “most influential witch doctor” — yes, they still exist — has claimed responsibility for his ailment.

Nana Kwaku Bonsam — whose name translates as “Devil of Wednesday” according to The Guardian — predicted in February that the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner would miss the World Cup with a significant injury, and with the tournament just a week away, that is looking increasingly possible.

From The Guardian:

Ghana are set to meet Portugal in their final match of Group G in Brasilia on June 26 and Bonsam claims to have conjured a special powder from his gods, mixed with several leaves and concoctions which have been placed around an image and caricature of the former Manchester United player.

“I said it four months ago that I will work on Cristiano Ronaldo seriously and rule him out of the World up or at least prevent him from playing against Ghana and the best thing I can do is to keep him out through injury,” Bonsam says.

“This injury can never be cured by any medic, they can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual. Today, it is his knee, tomorrow it is his thigh, next day it is something else.”

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You can cry to the heavens all you want, Ronaldo. But apparently, there is no cure to the curse Bonsam placed upon you.

2
Jun

Colombian town stages sheep soccer match to celebrate World Cup

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The Colombian town of Nobsa celebrated the imminent start to the World Cup by staging a soccer match played entirely by sheep.

Split into two teams — one representing Colombia and the other World Cup hosts Brazil — the sheep were dressed in customized jerseys and named in honor of the actual stars that will take the field in a week’s time.

According to the AP, roughly 500 “beer-soused” spectators showed up to watch the four-legged footballers, who were “trained for two weeks to recognize and kick a foam soccer ball through a rustic goalpost made of wooden logs.”

Judging from the AP’s “official” match report, the sheep could have benefited from a longer training camp:

The hard work was little in evidence, though. Sheep are highly social animals, seeking safety from predators in large herds, and their shepherd handlers had to keep pulling on ropes tied to the animals’ necks to keep the bleating players scattered and moving so they wouldn’t end up munching lazily on what grass remained on the improvised pitch.

Thankfully, The Guardian has dug up footage of this sporting spectacle, which the Colombia sheep won, 4-3:

Let’s hope the real action we’ll see in Brazil won’t be this baaaaaaad.

(h/t The Big Lead)

27
May

Adidas stages public demolition of France’s 2010 World Cup bus

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France’s last World Cup campaign will forever live on in infamy.

Aside from losing all three of their group games in South Africa, the team notoriously walked out on manager Raymond Domenech and boycotted practice following the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka and a training-ground dust-up between Patrice Evra and an assistant coach. The players’ revolt shamed an entire nation, spelled the end of Domenech’s reign, and curtailed the international careers of several members of the squad.

Monday, in an effort to eradicate the ghosts of Knysna - the site of France’s forsaken South Africa camp - adidas came up with a clever ploy: demolish a replica of the very bus the players so infamously boarded in protest four years ago.

Check it out:

Brilliant!

All that was missing was Anelka, Evra and maybe a few others from the disgraced squad occupying the bus, but we shall see in a few weeks’ time whether or not this will bring France better fortune in Brazil.

3
May

Guingamp fans travel to French Cup final in tractors

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Forget planes, trains and automobiles. For supporters of French club Guingamp, all you need to get from A to B are … tractors!

Living up to the club’s nickname - ‘The Farmers’ - hundreds of Guingamp fans traveled to Paris for their Coupe de France final against Rennes in the super-slow-moving vehicles. Obviously, this made for some hilarious scenes on French highways:

The trip from Guingamp to Paris takes about four and half hours by car, so you can only imagine how long and uncomfortable that journey must have been. In fact, according to Metro, some fans feared it might take them so long, they reportedly left for Paris a day early and slept in the tractors overnight!

Thankfully the Farmers won the final 2-0 over Rennes for their second-ever cup triumph. Had they lost, that would have made for one miserable drive back!

H/T Metro

20
Apr

Idiotic! Hearts captain knocks down opposing manager after scoring

Here’s a bizarre incident from the Scottish Premier League’s relegation group: Hearts captain Jamie Hamill celebrated his penalty goal against Ross County by literally steamrolling opposing manager Derek Adams on the sidelines!

Yeah, good luck trying to figure out what was going through Hamill’s mind here:

The oddest bit? He doesn’t even appear to be cognizant of what he had just done. Actually, he seems rather pleased with himself:

Truly one of the weirdest red cards we’ve ever seen.

H/T 101GG

16
Apr

Carlos Tevez to skip watching Argentina play during World Cup, will visit Disney World instead

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When Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Bosnia-Herzegovina, it’s widely expected that Carlos Tevez will not be on the Albiceleste’s roster. A little more surprising: Tevez is not even planning on tuning in!

The excluded Juventus striker revealed to Argentinian news site Cronica.com.ar. that he has other plans this summer:

"I don’t think I will watch my national team play at the World Cup," Tevez said. "I’ve already bought tickets to go with my wife and my three children to Disney World. They deserve that trip and I have very clear in my mind where my place is."

Disney World, really?

"I will nevertheless be Argentina’s number one fan," Tevez added, not realizing perhaps that ‘number one fans’ usually watch their team’s games.

Okay, we can all agree that Disney World is a magical place, but for Tevez to not root on his own national team at the World Cup kind of seems strange, and also tastes a bit like sour grapes.

The 30-year-old Tevez played for Argentina at the last two World Cups, but has not featured for the team since missing a penalty that saw his national team lose to Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa America. However, Tevez insists there is no grudge between him and national team manager Alejandro Sabella.

From TeamTalk:

"We (Tevez and Sabella) were together during my time in Brazil when I was at Corinthians (Sabella was assistant coach to Daniel Passarella)," Tevez said. "We had a fantastic rapport. We never had any problems and our relationship was cordial and very good.

"Everyone asks me why I’m not in the team but I cannot answer that question because I would be lacking respect. Things are as they are and that’s that.

"I think he (Sabella) is convinced of his selection and that’s very good. If he has to win, he will do so with his convictions and he shouldn’t do something he doesn’t feel is right. It wouldn’t be good for him to select me now!

"My wife asked me to travel to Disney with the children and I want to give her that joy once I win the scudetto with Juventus."

Should Argentina make a deep run in the tournament, however, it’s entirely conceivable that Tevez would change his mind and watch his country in the knockout stages. Nobody can be in Disney World for an entire month, can they? Right?

Composite: FOX Sports/Julie Ahn & Cheryl Hasegawa

10
Apr

Pele diamond statues created from his own DNA

Yes, this is really a thing.

For the bargain price of $7,500 you can now own a special World Cup souvenir — a diamond figurine made of diamonds that actually contain DNA extracted from Pele’s hair.

A total of 1,238 of these special edition statues will be available for purchase, one for each goal Pele is said to have scored in his legendary career.

18
Mar

Galatasaray fan feeds Chelsea jersey to lion

Aslan is not only the name for the lion in “Chronicles of Narnia,” but also one of the nicknames for Champions League club Galatasaray. It means: “the lion.” (What a coincidence!)

So, naturally, one Gala fan went to a local zoo and fed one of the lions a Chelsea jersey in the lead-up to Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the two teams. And a Turkish TV station was there to film it for us. Naturally.

H/T 101GG